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Mayoral candidates blast Gardiner and Lakeshore construction
Stintz and Tory say that wouldn't happen on their watch
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Road work began on Lakeshore Wednesday
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Construction work got started on Lake Shore Blvd. Wednesday leading to rolling closures both east and westbound for paving improvements ahead of the Pan Am Games, but the real frustration for drivers and mayoral candidates is what else is happening at the same time.

Long-term construction is underway on the Gardiner and that has meant the loss of one lane in each direction on a long stretch of the expressway.

Mayoral candidates asked Thursday why this work wasn't planned better and have pledged to end these mix-ups if elected to city hall in October.

Karen Stintz has promised to create a transportation czar to oversee and co-ordinate anything and everything related to how you get around.

"With construction commencing on Lake Shore Boulevard...Toronto has proven once again that our transportation planning is in a state of disarray," Stintz said in a statement. "When we should have been planning ahead and making calculated decisions to address congestion, this administration has provided poor judgment by compounding gridlock on our roads."

Fellow mayoral candidate John Tory also said on his watch, construction projects on the Gardiner and Lakeshore would not happen at the same time.

"I have confirmed that the office running the smaller Lakeshore job did not communicate with the office running the bigger Gardiner job, which is simply unreal," Tory said in a statement released on Thursday.  "As mayor I will ensure this will never be repeated."

The city's GM of Transportation Services denies Tory's claim.

"We're fixing gridlock, we aren't compounding gridlock," said Doug Ford, who is Mayor Rob Ford's campaign manager.

Ford says his brother has been working with transportation staff to try and get construction done during off-peak hours during his time as Mayor. Ford also told Newstalk 1010 these things happen when you spend money to improve infrastruture.

"They (mayoral candidates) choose to play politics instead of (acknowledging) the reality of the situation. We only have a limited time up in Toronto here (to do work) due to the weather."

Olivia Chow was set to make a statement on the issue Thursday afternoon.

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Road work began on Lakeshore Wednesday
CTV NEWS

Construction work got started on Lake Shore Blvd. Wednesday leading to rolling closures both east and westbound for paving improvements ahead of the Pan Am Games, but the real frustration for drivers and mayoral candidates is what else is happening at the same time.

Long-term construction is underway on the Gardiner and that has meant the loss of one lane in each direction on a long stretch of the expressway.

Mayoral candidates asked Thursday why this work wasn't planned better and have pledged to end these mix-ups if elected to city hall in October.

Karen Stintz has promised to create a transportation czar to oversee and co-ordinate anything and everything related to how you get around.

"With construction commencing on Lake Shore Boulevard...Toronto has proven once again that our transportation planning is in a state of disarray," Stintz said in a statement. "When we should have been planning ahead and making calculated decisions to address congestion, this administration has provided poor judgment by compounding gridlock on our roads."

Fellow mayoral candidate John Tory also said on his watch, construction projects on the Gardiner and Lakeshore would not happen at the same time.

"I have confirmed that the office running the smaller Lakeshore job did not communicate with the office running the bigger Gardiner job, which is simply unreal," Tory said in a statement released on Thursday.  "As mayor I will ensure this will never be repeated."

The city's GM of Transportation Services denies Tory's claim.

"We're fixing gridlock, we aren't compounding gridlock," said Doug Ford, who is Mayor Rob Ford's campaign manager.

Ford says his brother has been working with transportation staff to try and get construction done during off-peak hours during his time as Mayor. Ford also told Newstalk 1010 these things happen when you spend money to improve infrastruture.

"They (mayoral candidates) choose to play politics instead of (acknowledging) the reality of the situation. We only have a limited time up in Toronto here (to do work) due to the weather."

Olivia Chow was set to make a statement on the issue Thursday afternoon.

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